We are more than our job, but somehow, for some people, they are wedded to their profession. They trained so hard to become a doctor, lawyer or reach the top of the finance profession. They’ve zigged and zagged to find their perfect niche and all went well … until it didn’t.
They struggle and work harder and hope that it is just a phase and they will soon find their mojo again. They may even talk with career coaches and consider getting support.
But they persevere, and hope to feel better; or make a move without fully thinking it through.
And time moves on.
Then, just like being in an unhappy marriage, they realise it is time to make a change, time to get it right.
I’ve taken on several new clients this month; they all want to get it right this time. Most have chosen my award winning Gold Career Programme.
It’s over 15 years since I won the Working with Adults category at the National Career Awards, sponsored by The Independent Newspaper. I remember my submission with over 100 letters of support from clients so happy with the work we have done together.
The programme has changed, I’ve revised and introduced new elements, It’s now mainly done on line rather than people travelling to my home office, but what remains is the intersection of 3 assessments, the Highlands Ability Battery, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and the Strong Interest Inventory, it is where all assessments point in the same direction that we have clarity over next steps.
It’s a long time since I’ve referred to my award, I don’t like to brag, but as I’m spending time reflecting on my life, its an important part of being a career psychologist and utilises what I learned through my MSc and many years of experience working on career issues as a professional occupational psychologist.
So, let’s go back to you.
You are successful and have invested time and energy into your profession. You have passed exams, gained membership, perhaps taking advanced qualifications. And your CV shows a clear progress … how can you give it up for something new?
But life moves on; and we realise that if we don’t make the change now that we never will. We aren’t as stimulated and energised as we once were. We are losing our spark, and beginning to disengage. Once you become aware of that, your colleagues and bosses will too.
And change doesn’t have to be drastic, or sometimes it can be. There are differing ways to move from where you are now to where you want to go. To find a new direction where your current experience is values.
If this resonates, I’d love to chat with you about how I can help.